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CLIP-ings: April 19, 2013

Internet Governance
CISPA Passes Again: Though the controversial information-sharing bill passed the House by a large majority of the vote (288 - 127) it still faces a less receptive Senate and a likely presidential veto.
Google Concedes To EU Regulators: In continuing antitrust negotiations between the search engine giant and the EU Commission, Google has offered a number of concessions including clearly identifying Google’s own products when they come up in search results.

Privacy

DHS Social Media Scouring: Homeland Security recently released information on its methods for monitoring social media which include searching for terms such as “cops,” “airport,” and “hacktivist” then disseminating reports to law enforcement and the private sector.
Google After Death: A new feature called “Inactive Account Manager,” created with deceased users in mind, lets consumers preemptively decide what to do with their Google services data after they have been inactive for a certain period of time.

Information Security & Cyberthreats

Marathon Bombing Malware: Unsurprisingly, opportunists are using the tragic events in Boston to scam people through emails which contain a link to real information about the attacks but which also include a malicious info-stealing Trojan.

Intellectual Property

EU Cross-Country Music Licenses: Europe’s General Court, supporting an EU veto on national monopolies, ruled that artists can now make multi-country licenses available to distributors like Apple and Amazon, greatly simplifying the process of executing content licenses throughout the EU.
Browsing Not A Copyright Breach: In a case involving a dispute between newspapers and content aggregators the UK Supreme Court ruled that although cached web pages create digital copies, this copying is inherent to the Internet’s functionality and thus web browsing does not constitute a copyright breach.

Free Expression & Censorship

Ousting Over Facebook Group: After being removed from her post due to violent comments made by users of a Facebook group she belonged to, Gerry Rogers, a Canadian politician, claimed that she was added to the group by others and that the Newfoundland government which ousted her did not adequately understand how Facebook works.
Autocorrect Defamation: A Tokyo court ordered Google to modify its search function following the case of a Japanese man whose name, when entered into a search bar, triggered a list of criminal acts he had not committed.

Practice Note

Domains and Marketing: Before clients begin a PR push a twelve dollar investment could go a long way.

On the Lighter Side

Don’t Björk Your Cousin: In one small island community this app attempts to prevent the wrong kind of social network connectivity.

Editorial Fellows:

Austen Ishii

Grace Nam